A dream debut for Ross Stewart saw us get a 2-0 win at Accrington Stanley. It wasn’t the most entertaining match, but Sunderland move into third place. Here’s how the lads rated out of ten...
Lee Burge (7/10): Focused and sharp throughout, despite barely making a save. In recent weeks Burge has had an air of confidence, commanding his box better.
Conor McLaughlin (6/10): Solid as usual, the Northern Irishman was dependable at the back without being spectacular.
Dion Sanderson (7/10): Defended well, with plenty of physicality and confidence. Did a good job of stepping out of defence with the ball and pushing us forward.
Luke O’Nien (7/10): Won his fair share of headers, which is impressive for a player of O’Nien’s height. His two-footedness really helps Sunderland control possession at the back.
Jake Vokins (6/10): An improvement on his previous outings. Showed the odd glimpse of technical quality, which could be useful if Vokins gains more confidence and match experience.
Lynden Gooch (7/10): Came close with a few long range shots, and always looked to keep the ball moving. Set up Ross Stewart with a smart cross from an awkward angle.
Max Power (6/10): Pressed hard and was given a license to roam forward by Winchester’s presence. Sometimes pedestrian in his passing, Power had a very mixed game.
Carl Winchester (7/10): Sat in front of the defence, but always looked to move the ball forward. Showed his quality with some great long passing and well-timed challenges as well.
Jack Diamond (5/10): Struggled to get into the game, being quite indecisive in the rare occasions he broke forward.
Aiden McGeady (6/10): A tale of two halves for McGeady today. Started really well, forcing the Accrington defence into an early booking. Put some dangerous balls in and was always a step ahead of his fullback. However, after half time McGeady looked more and more frustrated, culminating in a needless yellow card for kicking the ball away. Rightly subbed off before he lost control of his emotions.
Charlie Wyke (6/10): Unlucky with some referee decisions but struggled to compete physically. Fortunately none of that matters, as Wyke’s confidence and clinical finishing meant he netted ANOTHER goal to seal our victory.
Ross Stewart (8/10): An excellent debut from the towering target man. As well as a brilliantly executed looping header, every attack came through Stewart as the defenders couldn’t deal with his height. Plenty of energy and looked very mobile, with some good technical quality too.
Josh Scowen (7/10): Offered the energy needed to support the attack and added extra tenacity in midfield to see the game out.
Grant Leadbitter (6/10): Helped us calm the game down and see out the win.
Callum McFadzean (N/A): Came on at two nil when the game was pretty much won.
Chris Maguire (N/A): See above.